It’s no secret that any women’s ministry get together you’re planning typically requires “before, during, and after” work to make it run smoothly for the women who are participating. Like selecting the next color you want to add to a painting, a creative filter you can use to decide role assignments is in terms of something I call T.I.P. (things, info, people).
As you look at your ministry team, you’ve probably notice that you’ve got lots of “colors” to work with because women are gifted in different ways. Try thinking about them through the lens of these three areas of giftedness…
Things– gifted in dealing with objects or equipment like decorating tables, putting printed programs or notebooks together, creating artful room arrangements, doing projects that require use of the hands
Information– gifted in handling numbers, letters, and information like designing and mailing postcards and newsletters, editing, performing cost analysis, budgets and bookkeeping, maintaining a database, writing bylaws
People– gifted in interacting with people in large or small group settings like making announcements, phone calls, social media campaigns, generating enthusiasm among a group, serving as greeters
Most women are multi-talented when it comes to T.I.P. but we all tend to be stronger in one or two areas.
Here’s how this gift analysis may be helpful. . .
Let’s say your next women’s retreat includes a book table full of helpful resources available for purchase at the event. A gifted Info woman often makes a great table attendant because she keeps up with required bookkeeping tasks at hand. On the other hand, a gifted People woman in this position may get so carried away in visiting with all the people who come by the table that she doesn’t attend to the sales and record keeping at hand.
Likewise, a gifted People woman may makes a terrific greeter or table hostess, while a gifted Things woman may be much more comfortable and competent to set up and take down decor, tables, chairs, etc.
So how do you determine what T.I.P. gifts are in your group?
- Pray, asking the Lord to show you where He has gifted your women and who fits best what role.
- Explain T.I.P. to your team and ask team members to tell you where they see themselves and feel most comfortable. Women often intuitively know their T.I.P. strengths and weaknesses.
- Spend time asking your team to identify gifts they see in each other. They often come away blessed by the experience as they hear their T.I.P. gifts affirmed through other people and you’ll have a clearer picture of who fits best in what role.
Yes, there are times when team members must step out of their comfort zones and do things outside our natural giftings to get a job done, but it can be a big help to consider the T.I.P. skills in the group when your next women’s ministry event comes along.
(In future articles, we’ll talk about other things to consider among your team members as well- spiritual gifts, personality, experience, education/training, etc.)
Question- What other areas of giftedness do you think need to be considered in role assignments?